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(LOTR) Théoden - Death & Glory


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(LOTR) Théoden - Death & Glory

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"Out of doubt, out of dark, to the day's rising

he rode singing in the sun, sword unsheathing.

Hope he rekindled, and in hope ended;

over death, over dread, over doom lifted

out of loss, out of life, unto long glory."― Gléowine's poem in The Return of the King, "Many Partings"


Théoden was the seventeenth King of Rohan, ruling for 39 years, from T.A.2980 until his death. He was the last of the Second Line.

Théoden was the only son of Thengel, the heir of king Fengel of Rohan, and Morwen of Lossarnach, a descendant of a former prince of the fief of Belfalas.[1][3] His father left Rohan when he came to manhood and lived long in Gondor. Théoden had been born in Gondor and spent at least the first five years of his life there with his mother and father until his father was called back to Rohan after the death of Théoden's grandfather, Fengel. The "speech of Gondor" was used in his father's house in Rohan.[1] As a result, Théoden probably spoke Westron and Rohanese as his native languages and he possibly spoke Sindarin as an acquired language.

Théoden loved his sister Théodwyn dearly. After she and her husband both died he adopted her children Éomer and Éowyn as his own. He had a son, Théodred, whose mother Elfhild died in childbirth.[1]

Théoden became king after the death of his father in T.A. 2980.[1]

In T.A. 3014 Théoden's health began to fail. This was caused by the spells of Saruman the White.[1] This may also have been due to natural causes (he was sixty-six) or it may have been induced or increased by subtle poisons administered by Gríma. Gríma (or Wormtongue as most others in the Mark called him), was secretly in the employ of Saruman.[4].." from Theoden Tolkien Gateway


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